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  1. The OP and I are in a similar boat (no budgies here, though), so I'm just going to sit here and absorb for the most part. I will say I have heard things about the Shure SRH1540 that suggest they may fit the 'everything sounds decent' profile?
  2. Now that Rotel has released MK2 versions of the A14, RA-1572 and the RA-1592, some retailers are letting the old stock go cheap. https://www.audiotrends.com.au/audio-trends-brands/rotel/rotel-up-to-30-off.html Worth a look if you're looking for a reliable, full featured integrated.
  3. I've not heard it, and hadn't actually heard of it until just now, but a quick google tells me Class A Audio have an ex demo unit so you could always go for a drive and have a listen if you get speakers first.
  4. I have a Topaz 6ca7, and picked it up here second hand for about $1800. It's a great amp. At 33w, depending on your room size, listening position and volume, you might not need to look for especially sensitive speakers, just ones that generally stick between 6 and 10 ohms impedance. Maybe some Proacs? Here are some for $1000 that the seller has paired with a Topaz in the past:
  5. He does some gorgeous stuff. Worth following him on instagram just to see what he's up to.
  6. Hahaha. I was initially saving up for the P252 stereo amp, then was convinced to go for the P452, which I almost have the funds for. Please, please don't convince me that I now need the mono blocks. ?
  7. Just for perspective, how would you rate this level of warp on a scale of 1 - 10 where 10 is 'bin it'? Seems pretty terrible to me. https://youtube.com/shorts/2xssMPELbbE?feature=share
  8. Yeah, I mean, I get it, it's great with most stuff, but the question was more 'is there a particular album or track in particular?' - I'm just trying to get a sense of what other people are hearing and enjoying, specifically, so I can give it a try myself.
  9. Having spent a bit of time with my NS1000M now, I'm curious - what songs best sum up the speaker for you? I ask because I'm listening to Nine Inch Nails' 'The Fragile' right now, and I have never heard it bite and punch this hard in the 20+ years I've been listening to it. It's absolutely visceral. I know that's not what most of you listen to, but I thought it might be interesting to get your thoughts.
  10. I've made similar arguments in another thread, and all that happened was I got accused of being an apologist for capitalism. As if accurately describing the reality is somehow a ringing endorsement. ?‍♂️ That said, I +1 everything @blybo has highlighted above - especially with regard to US wages, conditions, and consumer protections (or lack thereof).
  11. They are possibly pending payment at the moment, but I'll let you know if that falls through.
  12. To be honest - and this isn't just a sales pitch - I've never actually found them that difficult. I was running them with a 70wpc Marantz with no issues at moderate levels. My experience with Dyns (these and the Special Forties) has been that the sensitivity means you might need a couple of extra watts, but the impedance is generally above 4.5ohm, so they don't require as much current as newer KEF or those sub 3ohm AMT Monitor Audios (for example). My feeling is you need a solid 40 watts solid state to manage them for normal use, and maybe double that of you like it very loud (in w
  13. I'm waiting for my Dynaudio DM 2/6 listing to be approved in the classifieds at the moment. Price is more or less right, but I'm about 3hrs drive from you (Epsom) so it might not be practical. Keep it in mind if you fancy a road trip, anyway.
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